How solar household systems contribute to resilience

Working and discussion papers
December 2017
Andrew Scott, Leah Worrall, Jesper Hörnberg and Long Seng To

Solar lamps and solar home systems are increasingly seen as a route to electrification in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Much of the population that would be served by such systems is vulnerable to climate variability and extremes. However, there has been very little research on how access to electricity from solar lamps and solar home systems can contribute to the resilience of households facing climate and other risks. This paper explores the relationship between the energy services provided by solar household devices, and the resilience of their users to the effects of climate change.

This paper draws two main conclusions for policy-makers on the links between resilience and access to electricity:

  • Policy-makers responsible for electrification should be made aware of the potential for solar lamps and solar home systems to contribute to the capacities necessary for resilience.
  • The potential of households’ existing solar lamps and solar home systems should be considered by policy-makers when formulating strategies and plans for disaster preparedness.